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Contrasting Campuses

I visited two small Southern California private colleges today – both within an hour of Los Angeles.  First, I visited Chapman University, and then Whittier College. There is no better way to learn about college campuses than to visit!  While the two schools I visited today may look on paper, and online, to be similar, […]

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College Decision Time

It’s April, and that means it’s college decision time.  The national deadline for students to submit a deposit and commit to their college of choice is May 1st. So what factors go into making your decision?  Just as every student’s search is different, every student will weigh different things before making his/her choice. For a […]

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SAT Cheating Leads to New Rules

On the heels of an SAT cheating scandal uncovered on New York’s Long Island, the College Board, which administers the SAT, will now require students to upload a photograph of themselves when registering for the test, and then provide a photo ID when they take the test. Students had been caught paying other students to […]

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Interested in Video Game Design? These Colleges Could Be For You!

Are you interested in studying to become a video game designer?  It’s a hot field now, as interactive personal devices grow, so will the job market for new media designers. The Princeton Review recently published a list of the top undergraduate schools for video game design – click here to see the Top 10, plus […]

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Smith College Dean of Admissions Talks About Recommendation Letters

KPCC radio did a story this morning about Smith College’s policy of requesting letters of recommendation from the parents of applicants. You can hear Madeleine Brand’s interview with Smith College’s Dean of Admissions, Deb Shaver, here. It would seem that these letters would be biased, but Shaver talks about the little bits of information that parents […]

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Have You Heard About Colleges That Change Lives?

Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit organization that grew from a book written by former New York Times Education editor Loren Pope.  He strongly believed that students should look past rankings and reputation to find the school(s) that really fit their academic and non-academic needs. CTCL represents and promotes a group of 40 small, […]

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LMU’s Presbyterian President

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Times did an excellent piece on Loyola Marymount University’s President – the “son of a Presbyterian minister” – and how his leadership is changing the Jesuit campus. LMU is an excellent choice for Los Angeles area students interested in studying business, communications, art and engineering, among other […]

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Top Colleges for Biomedical Research

If you’re interested in studying biomedical research – the study advancing new tools for diagnosing and treating illness, you should take a look at where federal funds for this type of research are going.  It’s safe to conclude that research universities that receive large amounts of funding from the National Institutes of Health have strong […]

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Tips on Writing Your College Essay

Here’s a piece from the New York Times’ Choice blog – this piece is specifically targeted to students in India applying to American colleges.  But the advice is well-taken by anyone applying to college.  In short, the advice is this:  use your college essay to tell admissions offices who you are as a human being. […]

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Short Video – Advice on How To Select A Private College Counselor

Below is a short video with some advice on how to select an independent college counselor. I am happy to share that I am a member of both the professional organizations mentioned here: the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association (IECA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  For more information about the membership organizations […]

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